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Wash. AG files lawsuit against florist who refused service to gay couple

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Attorney General has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for the wedding of a same-sex couple. [ Read more → ]

ACLU: Nevada’s ‘infamous crime against nature’ statute targets gay teens

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
LAS VEGAS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada wants a federal court to declare unconstitutional a state law that criminalizes consensual sex between same-sex teenagers as a "crime against nature." [ Read more → ]

Texas Senate panel takes no action on bill to ban LGBT workplace discrimination

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas state Senate panel on Wednesday began formal consideration of a bill that would ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation of gender identity, but the committee chair said the measure does not have the votes to pass. [ Read more → ]

Twelve years later, Mich. resident aims to block gay rights law once again

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- - A Royal Oak, Mich., resident says he's submitted petitions to force a referendum on a new gay rights ordinance in the Detroit suburb. [ Read more → ]

Colorado likely to abandon discrimination crime due to civil unions law

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
DENVER — An unenforced discrimination crime in Colorado is likely coming off the books under a bipartisan agreement inspired by a civil unions bill. [ Read more → ]

Ky. House may override Governor’s veto of religious freedom bill

Monday, March 25, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky state House is prepared to hold a vote Tuesday on overriding Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's veto of a bill that sponsors say is intended to protect the religious beliefs of Kentuckians from government intrusion. [ Read more → ]

LA city council approves $1.25 million settlement in lesbian discrimination case

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council approved a $1.25 million settlement Wednesday to a current and former officer who accused the Police Department of discriminating against them and harassing them because they are lesbians. [ Read more → ]

Tennessee state House OK’s bill allowing discrimination by college clubs

Monday, March 18, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that would prohibit public universities and colleges from implementing non-discrimination policies for student groups. [ Read more → ]

Ky. gay rights activists clash over direction of LGBT equality movement

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Gay rights activists are at odds over the direction of the LGBT equality movement in Kentucky, with some saying the state needs anti-discrimination laws before activists can pursue marriage equality, while others say the time is now for same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

New Mexico Supreme Court hears appeal by photographer in gay bias case

Monday, March 11, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. — In a case that tests anti-discrimination protection for gays, a religious rights group told the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday that a photographer who declined to shoot the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple was exercising her rights to free speech and artistic freedom. [ Read more → ]
Queen Elizabeth IIAP

Queen Elizabeth to sign historic equal rights charter supporting women, gays

Sunday, March 10, 2013
LONDON -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Monday will sign a charter calling for an end to discrimination across the 54 Commonwealth nations, according to a statement by Buckingham Palace. [ Read more → ]
The photo at the center of  the controversy (above) features Lialani Hernandez (left) and Felicia Rivera.

High school student says banned yearbook photo is anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A teenager in San Antonio, Texas, says her high school has blocked a photograph of her and her girlfriend from appearing in the yearbook because they are gay. [ Read more → ]

Florist refuses gay couple’s wedding due to her ‘relationship with Jesus Christ’

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
RICHLAND Wash. -- A flower shop in Washington state has refused to provide flowers for the wedding of a gay couple, who had been using her services for years, because or her "relationship with Jesus Christ." [ Read more → ]

Alaska lawmaker introduces bill to bar sexual orientation discrimination

Sunday, February 24, 2013
JUNEAU, Alaska — House Minority Leader Beth Kerttula has introduced a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of traits that businesses, unions and landlords cannot discriminate. [ Read more → ]

Australia judge rules ban on same-sex marriage is not gender discrimination

Friday, February 22, 2013
SYDNEY, Australia -- A federal court judge in Australia has ruled that the country's ban on same-sex marriage is not gender discrimination since neither gay men nor lesbians are allowed to marry under the legislation, and thus both sexes are treated equally. [ Read more → ]

Lawsuit claims M&M-Mars fired worker over her sexual orientation

Thursday, February 21, 2013
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. -- A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against candy maker M&M-Mars, alleging she was fired because she is lesbian. [ Read more → ]

Unenforced Colo. discrimination law could be repealed due to civil unions

Thursday, February 21, 2013
DENVER — An unenforced discrimination crime in Colorado could be coming off the books in a bipartisan agreement inspired by a civil unions bill. [ Read more → ]

Southern Baptists urge Boy Scouts to continue its ban on gays

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The nation's largest Protestant group is calling on members of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to uphold a ban on gay leaders and Scouts when it votes in May. [ Read more → ]
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California law would remove tax exempt status for anti-gay Boy Scouts

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A California state Senator on Tuesday introduced legislation that would remove the state's tax exempt status for any youth group -- including the Boy Scouts of America -- that bans members on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity [ Read more → ]
Photo by J. Stephen Conn

‘Don’t give up on North Dakota yet … progress will be made’

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Last week the North Dakota Senate defeated SB 2252 with a 20-27 bipartisan vote, which would have amended the North Dakota Human Rights Act and the North Dakota Fair Housing Act to protect LGBT North Dakotans and their family from discrimination in housing,employment, public accommodations and public services. As a lifelong North Dakotan, I am appalled that our state, a state that prides itself on valuing others and taking care of our neighbors, continues to support rhetoric that is pro-discrimination... [ Read more → ]

Boy Scouts job application: gays need not apply, criminals ‘will be considered’

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Following recent news that the Boy Scouts of America is considering a change to its membership policy banning gay scouts, the organization is now embroiled in new charges of discrimination, this time regarding its hiring practices. [ Read more → ]

North Dakota state Senate kills bill to prohibit discrimination against gays

Saturday, February 16, 2013
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Lawmakers in the North Dakota state Senate had killed a bill that would have given gay and lesbian residents protections in the areas in the areas of housing, government, public services and the workplace. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

37 U.S. Senators call on Obama to issue non-discrimination executive order

Thursday, February 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A group 37 U.S. Senators, led by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), on Thursday called on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Phoenix, Ariz.

Phoenix to consider expanding anti-bias law to include LGBT residents

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix city council is expected to vote this month on whether to expand the city's anti-discrimination ordinance to prohibit discrimination against its LGBT residents. [ Read more → ]
Subcommittee members (from left): Dels. Peter Farrell, Christopher Peace, Todd Gilbert, a legislative aide, and chair Barry Knight, who all voted against SB 701.Photo: GayRVA.com

Bill protecting Virginia LGBT state employees killed in House subcommittee

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. – A measure to protect Virginia’s LGBT state employees from workplace discrimination, was killed by a state House subcommittee on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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